Lower East Side Tenement Museum

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Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

This museum honors America's immigrants in one of the humble brick buildings that so many called home in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Guided tours take you to the recreated apartments of immigrant families from Poland, Ireland and Germany, and tell their stories in painstaking detail (the Irish couple who lost a daughter to malnutrition, the Polish-Jewish family of five who ran a dressmaking shop out of their three-room flat). "Shop Life," the museum's newest permanent tour, is wheelchair-accessible and examines the 30 stores that operated in the basement between 1863 and 1988, including a restored German saloon from the 1870's. With its honest personal stories, the Tenement Museum offers a rare glimpse into New York history far from the glitz of Broadway and Park Avenue.

Where: New York, New York
On the Web: tenement.org

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